This adorable herd of Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are getting used to the Dutch costumes they’ll be wearing in the Tulip Time Parade.
HOLLAND, Michigan — This adorable horde of Cavalier King Charles spaniels are getting used to the Dutch costumes they’ll be wearing in the Tulip Time parade.
Their owner Linda Ellerbroek makes each costume by hand.
“We did that a few years ago. And then the pandemic hit. And you know, everything went downhill from there. So this year we kind of sped up a bit,” Ellerbroek said.
Ellerbroek says from start to finish that it takes about one night to make a costume.
“It’s a fun job for me, because I come, you know, at night, it’s a nighttime thing sitting here and watching Netflix and sewing. It’s just a fun little hobby.”
Ellerbroek says she has sewn all her life.
“I kind of have a turnkey, I start with basic black on the back with the velcro around the neck, the velcro around the belly. And then I build on that,” Ellerbroek said.
Many costumes are inspired by the looks of traditional Dutch dancers, but with a bit more flair.
“I tried to stick with the authentic Dutch dance costumes, the material, but I like it, I don’t have to stick to their rules. So, I just made them a bit brighter.
Some dogs aren’t fans of their headgear, but at least they don’t have to deal with Dutch hooves on their paws.
Although not an option, the joy that these dogs in their Dutch costumes will bring to people at Tulip Time is undeniable.
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